Blood Ninja (Blood Ninja #1)
In the course of a day, Taro's entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who -- and why? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter confl...more
Luckily he is saved by a mysterious ninja (hehehe) named Shusaku but before they are safe Taro is fatally wounded and must choose between death or becoming a myth - vampire.
Blood Ninja is an excellent book although I had a few issues with the end. It was like a Quentin Tarantino movie. But more on that later...
The characters feel real and the story is great if not a...more
What stopped me in my tracks when I saw this was the cover. It is beautiful, really. Seriously. I mean, when I saw the black pages, hell, I was in love. The synopsis sounded promising, and so when I saw the word 'ninja's', I was in.
I had a great ride with this one. It was fast paced and engrossing and super entertaining filled with badass Ninja's and Samurai's. Taro - our protagonist, is brave and strong - with a wise, charming and ultra cool mentor to boot (A ninja. He quickly became my favo...more
As a reader and a lover of the Japanese culture, I almost instantly appreciated Lake's eye for detail. He infuses so much of the Japanese culture into Blood Ninja. From the lush setting to the epic tales, I was completely in heaven. However, for readers not familiar with Japanese culture, it is...more
I've never seen a book. That uses. So many. Periods. Throughout the dialogue. To explain. Things that could. Easily be. Explained without. The periods. At all. Thus we. Have sentences. Like this.
Except that they are badly written and much much more confusing. Did they really talk like that?
The characters reactions to....ev...more
Taro is a fisherman's son. At least that is what he is raised to believe. He is in for a rude surprise wh...more
I don't give it 5 stars, though, because of the tempo of the book. As I said before, it was fast paced, and I like that normally, however in this book there wasn't quite enough time for me to digest information - su
The story is about a young fisherman's son wh...more
Though some of the characters seem less defined and not as full as some of the others, I am more inclined to believe it is because the char...more
I started this book because I saw Mr. Gould read Blood Ninja 2. I thought that the cover of the first book and the second book looked interesting. Mr. Gould and...more
Taro and Hiro are best friends in a fishing village in 16th Century Japan. When Taro's father is assassinated and he is run through with a sword, his only escape is through the energizing bite of a vampire-ninja whose action saves his life, but mak...more
Move over Twilight. No need for sparkles here.
This combines the best of both worlds, really. When explaining this book to people, I often say, "All ninja are vampires, but not all vampires are ninja." It's written excellently, I love it to death, and the characters are all just so animated. You get fiercely attached to them. Mixing in a blend of Japanese...more
This is quite an original story ( I never even find any manga that has similar idea). Because of that, I started reading with a jubilant mode, expecting to be entertained.
The execution is not as good as the idea.
First, I don't like the main character, Taro. Character wise, he was raw. He tends to be repetitive ( See second reason), a bit of an idiot ( but didn't know it), and somehow has the best of luck out of all the characters ( the fact that he's still int...more
Travelling with the mysterious Shusaku, Taro worri...more
I managed to get through it but the writing isn't the best and the characters aren't believable at all, they seem to change personality during the book.
It was one of those books where something would happen and I thought "that doesn't make sense but i'll keep reading and see what happens". This happened several times during the book.
One thing that wasn't supposed to be funny but made me laugh out loud was when a good ni...more
Edited to include: *MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
I've shed tears for this book (July 11, 2011 9:43 AM)! It is one book in a long time that actually made me cry; tears spilled down rapidly as I try to control myself. *totally admires Shusaku* It is actually the death of Shu...more